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Choice to enable Master Valve per zone

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    Sam Newnam

    So doing a little homework - it looks like you can only GET certain zone information but not set (POST) settings. If so I could easily set Zone 1 to "Not master valve" do my fills, etc and then set Zone 1 to "Yes Master Valve".  Any thoughts there?

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    jack

    I have the same request and concern. Most of my zones are well pumped water, but a few are city water (to eliminate brown bricks and rocks). Would love to see zones that specify that the pump is on or off.

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    Troggy

    Same request here

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    Michael

    I would also welcome this functionality to click a checkbox for every channel. 

    All outputs of my HD16 lead to 24V relays. So one could switch a lighting or a fountain pump for the pond with not currently used channels of the RM. This could make additional remote controls or timers unnecessary. Thank you!

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    Sarakha Ludovic

    Yes this feature would be great

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    Daniel Badders

    This feature would be great, but I think the more general solution includes:

    1) allow more that 1 circuit to run at a time (as implied by the ability to have a master and a separate zone, but make it arbitrary).  This may have special constraints multiple valves draw too much water (constrained by sum of zone flows).

    2) allow any zone to trigger a second zone (to run a pump, master, valve, drain, etc).  This may be constrained to never allow 3 zones if power is limited (if zones cascade to 3 valves, etc).  This may also fall under the constraint of multiple circuit flow limit as noted in 1) above.  This may imply a "master" flow rate is counted in a special way sinces it doesn't add to the flow through sub zones.

        This could be setup as allowing 0 to 3 zones on a controller to be "master" for different purposes.  That would reduce the bit-depth for each zone to associate with another simultaneous zone.  I don't think the bit savings help, so the 2 points above seem the most general.

    An alternative would be selling accessories or sharing information to provide this capability external to the controller.  A simple ebay 24vac dpdt (double pull double throw) relay for $3 from ebay can allow 1 output to connect a signal and  24vac power supply to 2 devices without any interference with the rain machine or enabling power to a master valve.  There may be better variations/ideas for features or external accessories, so followups may help many with similar needs.

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    Michael

    Yep, I love the idea of adding this flexibility... 

     

    as an example I'm testing my system for leaks, I want to test the pipe between the master and the valves without turning the other valves on

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    AlexBzzBR

    I would like to have this implemented. It will solve a lot of workarounds.

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    Bowste

    This is one of the first things I asked for when I purchased the HD-16 back in 2015. I only use a master valve for the zones in my garden because those valve boxes are in back, connected by a poly pipe from the main valve banks in front of the house. I did not want that poly pipe under constant full pressure the entire watering season. However, not being able to assign which zones need the master valve opened means the master valve sits on for no reason for all of the hours that my 6 lawn zones and other drip zones connected upstream from the master are watering (which is unnecessary wear on the master's solenoid, pressure on the pipe).

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    Jrego7

    It sucks neither Rachio nor Rainmaker will give us this functionality... Rainbird & KRain do but lack some of the smart features found in Rainmachine.
    The scenario i am trying to achieve activating the master/ pump would be simple if assigned to the program (not the zone). This feature would help many of the users who are asking in your forums. Many of which have been asking for years.

    Example Schedule:
    Program A - Mon,Wed,Fri 6am water zones 1-8 for 10 minutes, no pump/master active

    Program B - Fri 4pm water zones 1-8, activate pump/master ( in my case this would activate the injection system, but for many others it could be their well when using multiple water sources)

    Program C- Fri 5pm water zones 1-8, no pump/master active

    So programmatically you are simply modifying your code to allow the pump/master as an option when setting up a program. Any zones within the program would run in sequential order as normal. Thus no overload 1 master + 1 Zone at a time when active.

    Make sense?

    Again this should be no more than a few lines of code to achieve and would satisfy the needs of all your customers with injection systems or with multiple water sources. In turn making your controller even more desirable to consumers like myself who desire the best products available. So what do you say? Make a few code changes and publish an update in a few days… and just like that many happy customers.

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    Brandon Moyer

    It would be much much more then a few lines of code, but regardless lets get some more focus on this topic by up-voting it by everyone. 
    The developers are always busy with improvements, but they are dictated by the communities posts here and the amount of attention they get. It also makes of difference on how long the upgrade/development will take. Thanks for your continued patience.

     

    Brandon

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    Jrego7

    Come on community members, voice and up vote your need for this feature. Brandon says they listen and prioritize by vote. Let’s see if we can make it happen.

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    jack

    Brandon- this is a ridiculous way to decide what enhancements to make. Votes on this site? 99 percent of owners don't even know this forum exist, yet you can bet that many of them have the same issue. The problem is basic. The fix is basic. We're not trying to shoot off a rocket to the moon-we just want control of the zones/pump.

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    Jrego7 (Edited )

    Yes, you are 100% correct! Look back through the forum posts Rainmachine owners have been asking for such a feature for years. Brandon says it’s more than a few lines of code. Maybe it is maybe it isn’t. They are already enabling and disabling zone one on the controller programmatically when setting it up. They simply need to add a global function to enable/disable within program scheduling. It really isn’t that hard.

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